Optimizing Your MLB DFS Process Using Fantasy Cruncher

Many novice MLB DFS enjoy hand-building their lineups and misunderstand lineup optimizers as a thing that pro players do that takes the skill out of lineup building and thus the fun. DFS Software at its heart is meant to take the things that you already do and automate the process, allowing you to complete your lineups faster and enter dozens if not hundreds of them into the tournaments that we all want to win.

For years, savvy programmers could gain an edge in DFS through having more sophisticated software than one could acquire publicly. The most notable example is the player formerly known as Maxdalury, Saahil Sud. Through his software, he was not able to only generate hundreds of lineups in reaction to late news, but also alter all of his lineups when everyone else had to click through each page or do a suboptimal global swap. In the past few years, sites have made this process accessible to every player using the CSV upload feature, and Fantasy Cruncher came out with an optimizer that allows you to customize almost every aspect of your lineups.

Fantasy Cruncher can be overwhelming to a new user with its high level of customization, so CDome and I went over all of the settings you need to know to effectively integrate it into your daily process.

Setting Stacking for Your MLB DFS Lineups

We know as MLB players that taking advantage of correlations between batters on the same team is essential to success, but finding the best ways to pair different teams is a very time consuming process by hand. Chris and I discuss the best ways to use Fantasy Cruncher to approach building stacked lineups.

Utilizing Ownership Projections in MLB DFS Lineups

Creating lineups filled with the best players of the night often means you’re going to have the same lineup as everyone else. Using our ownership projections integrated with Fantasy Cruncher Pro you can identify which of your lineups have a good mix of high value plays and low owned sleepers.

Applying Randomness to MLB DFS Lineups

In cash projections are king, but in GPP’s optimizing solely for projection can lead to over-exposure to high value plays, when we know that ownership and correlation are equally important. Setting an appropriate amount of randomness will ensure more creative lineups for you to choose from.

Getting the Right Exposures in your MLB DFS Lineup Portfolio

When you enter a lot of lineups into a contest, it helps that the win conditions of each lineup vary significantly enough that you are claiming as many possible outcomes as you can. The easiest way to achieve this is with ownership of a lot of different players or teams, and varying lineup constructions.

MLB is my favorite sport to build lineups for because on any given night anything can happen. Personally I like having at least a stack of most of the teams playing to give me a shot at winning regardless of which team goes off. Using the tips in the videos, you can cut the time you need to build your MLB lineups to 30 minutes or less a night, giving you ample time to adjust for new lineups and news. Good luck!

Alex Baker
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Alex is better known to fantasy players by his handle "Awesemo" from seeing him in every big tournament in the industry. Playing poker professionally from 2009-2015, he heard that daily fantasy was the next big game picking up steam, and he quickly saw the potential of the relatively new game. Growing his bankroll from 2015-2016, he made a big step in 2017 by claiming the #1 overall ranking on RotoGrinders for the year. After completing his primary objective, he was looking for what's next. Attending dozens of fantasy events, Alex realized that everyone was repeating the same story: wanting to be a great DFS player while holding down a full-time job. He realized that the resources available to fantasy players while great weren't enough to help hobbyists get to the level of competing with the top pros. Having met Tom Kennedy during the FanDuel Scottish Open, the two decided to take on the realm of fantasy content along with co-founder Eddie Lai. Alex creates his own projections for each sport he plays, publishing rankings derived directly from them updated for each major slate. He also writes strategy content for how to become a better DFS player in his Game Plan series. You can contact Alex by emailing [email protected].

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